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The Nations Gathered Against Israel
By Todd Strandberg
The world’s hatred against the Jews has been as predictable as the tidal waves. Just as soon as the world gets over one bout of anti-Semitism, another wave comes rolling in.
For decades the horrors of the Holocaust made the foes of Israel very cautious. The passage of time has caused many to forget mistakes of the past. The enemies of the Jewish state have also been emboldened by a new angle of attack. The haters are now saying, “We’re not anti-Israel, we’re pro-Palestinian.”
This mentality has brought us right back to the twisted thinking of Nazi Germany. Last week a German appellate court upheld the decision of a lower court—that three Palestinians who tried to burn a synagogue were not engaged in anti-Semitism; they were merely exercising their basic civil rights to protest against the Israeli government. Charges against the three were dismissed.
How can we possibly live in a civil society if Muslim terrorists are allowed to freely attack Jews? If Jews used force to confront those three hoodlums, I doubt the court would say they were exercising their basic right to defend their property. No, that would be anti-Arab racism.
All around the world, it’s open season for anything connected to the Jewish race. Here in America, 27 Jewish community centers in seventeen states reported receiving (false) telephone bomb threats on the 18th of this month. It was the second wave of hoax attacks to target American Jewish facilities in less than two weeks.
The most troubling thing about these anti-Semitic attacks is the lack of concern. If someone paints a swastika on a synagogue, the crime is a one-day story. If someone says Muslims should not come to a nation, it is considered a hate crime.
Our former president, Barack Hussein Obama, was the most anti-Israel president in history. He failed to block two votes at the United Nations that denied the Jews biblical and historical ties to the land of their ancestors.
His administration backed the lie that the Jewish quarter of Jerusalem, as well as much of the city itself and the lands known as Judea and Samaria are illegally inhabited by Jews. To side with Obama, you have to ignore the fact that there never was a Palestinian people and the fossil records that confirm the Jewishness of Israel going back some 4000 years.
I knew Obama would make one parting shot at Israel. At his last press conference he said, “I don’t see how this issue gets resolved in a way that maintains Israel as both Jewish and a democracy.” Of course, he was implying that Israel is an illegitimate nation that is only held together by force.
Pope Francis has also gotten his hands dirty by siding with the enemies of Israel. On January 14, the Pope received the Palestinian Authority, President Mahmoud Abbas. It’s bad enough that the Vatican is giving diplomatic recognition of a non-existent Palestinian state, but it also gives legitimacy to a man who decided he doesn’t need to bother with elections to hold office.
I received a flood of emails about the January 15, 2017 diplomatic conference in Paris where 72 nations gathered to talk about how to make a Palestinian state a reality. Never mind that there are much bigger problems in the world like the division Cyprus, Russia’s control of the Crimea, China’s claim to international waters, and the mess of northern Syria. There are no campus demonstrations chanting, “Free Gaza from the tyranny of Hamas.”
The Paris meeting turned out to be a pointless yak fest. Our new president, then still president-elect Donald Trump, saved the day by letting it be known that he did not take kindly to a major diplomatic move five days before he was to take office. British Prime Minister Theresa May also helped seal the meetings irrelevancy by only sending a non-participating envoy and saying it is now time to build a relationship with the new American administration.
A clear indication that we are getting closer to the end of the last days has been the demonic driven escalation on the hatred of Israel. The rhetoric attacking Israel has gone from initially being called an “occupier” to an “apartheid state. And to where she is now be called an “aggressor.” Donald Trump may slow the momentum of this train of hate, but I don’t think he will be able to derail it.
“On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations” (Zechariah 12:3).